This research examines the role of women in the readiness phase of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Sri Lanka. It examines how knowledge and values are translated at different scales. In the wake of the 21st COP in Paris, the importance of forests in mitigating climate change has been restated. Central to conserving forests is REDD+, 'an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development' (UN REDD Programme). The United Nations REDD Programme is working in 64 developing countries to assist them in establishing the proper infrastructure within their government institutions to be able to execute forestry saving programs and receive funding for it. This study traces how knowledge and decisions made at international conferences move across scales to be implemented at the national level. It examines tensions between scales, particularly when it comes to women's involvement in the REDD+ readiness phase in Sri Lanka. It will examine the literature of women and environment, as well as portray the current standing of women's involvement in forestry in Sri Lanka.